ACCLAIM THE NATION has run the two best races of his career when fresh, including on the Tapeta at Newcastle. He has a high cruising speed which is a plus at this tight track and looks overpriced given that this run should be the best time to catch him. Bosham would be a huge danger if he is able to get a soft lead on the front end. It’s nearly two years since he won on synthetics, but he’s dropped to a very dangerous mark. Liquid hasn’t found as much off the bridle as looked likely in his recent starts, but he travels well in his races and this sharper five furlong test may allow him to see out the contest a little stronger.
Precious Plum | J: Irineu Goncalves T: Chris Dwyer
A perfect 2/2 over course and distance as a juvenile, she has not been seen since October 2016. She is fully entitled to need this return to action, but she would’ve been capable of defying this mark when last seen, so despite the break, she shouldn't be totally dismissed.
Silvanus | J: Tony Hamilton T: Paul Midgley
Veteran has never been quite the same horse on synthetics as he is on turf. Two of his three best efforts on sand have come over course and distance however, both times off considerably higher marks. Few fair efforts when fresh, others should be more progressive.
Acclaim The Nation | J: Jason Hart T: Eric Alston
Won first time up last season, claiming a Doncaster handicap. Is only a couple of pounds higher for that and clearly has the ability when fresh. Made a smart career debut on the Tapeta at Newcastle so is a very interesting runner.
Fruit Salad | J: Josephine Gordon T: James Bethell
This trip on Tapeta suits her well, a winner from just a pound lower at Newcastle in October. She has done all her best work at this Class 5 level and can easily be forgiven a run on the Fibresand last time. Each way squeak in an open race.
Liquid | J: Ben Curtis T: David Barron
Shown career best form over this trip on the Tapeta at Newcastle of late, winning decisions with Fruit Salad 2-1. Travels strongly but hasn’t quite finished off his races as strongly as supporters will have liked, perhaps this slightly sharper track will help in that regard.
Midnightly | J: Joe Fanning T: Rae Guest
Course and distance winner from two pounds lower in August, she has been a little disappointing the last twice. Conditions clearly suit, but she is going to need a fair step forward on her current form to play a hand.
Logi | J: Phillip Makin T: Rebecca Bastiman
Broke his duck over course and distance this time last year, narrowly denied over a furlong further in September. Those are the two peak efforts in his career so this track clearly suits him and he goes well fresh. Interesting on debut for new yard.
Bosham | J: Harrison Shaw T: Michael Easterby
Bold front runner has an excellent record in the past on synthetics. It’s almost two years since he won on sand, slipping twenty-four pounds in that time. He is unquestionably well enough treated to be competitive if getting a soft time of things on the front end.
Something Lucky | J: Alistair Rawlinson T: Michael Appleby
In very smart form in recent weeks, clocking up a quick-fire hat-trick. No disgrace from his new mark last time out and is adaptable across all three synthetic surfaces. Is drawn widest of all however, which has to be an issue for him in a competitive race.
Swendab | J: William Cox T: John O'Shea
Another to have been in flying form, though his three successes have all come at Class 6 level. All those wins were over course and distance so does at least have an affinity with this test, though this does look tough enough for him.